Frilly and Funkie's challenge for the next two weeks is "Repurpose To Upcycle". I decided to use this challenge to create something with a purpose...a place to store my vintage paper dolls in a proper container.
So, I have given "life" to an old shoe box that I was storing my paper dolls in. Except, the box was sitting on a shelf in a closet; unmarked and unloved. Now, it has new life and everyone knows what is in the shoebox.
First, I covered the box with some old papers that I had sitting around, gathering dust. Then I inked and distressed the edges and sides of the box so that it would look as old as my paper dolls.
You can see the "discolored" paper on the sides pretty well in this picture. I wanted this box to look like it had been stored away in an attic for years and years.
Here are some of my paper dolls that are safely stored in this little box. Some of them are very old and I need to keep them in plastic bags to preserve them and their little outfits.
I recycled some old buttons, some feathers, little pieces of scrap ribbon, some old doilies, little lace scraps and flowers to the top. They are scattered among the darling little paper dolls (also recycled) that I chose to decorate the top.
I was really happy with how this turned out. And now...I have not only a cute "home" for my paper dolls but also a box that I will proudly use as a decoration in my shabby chic room.
Thanks to Linda and the gang at Frilly and Funkie for their wonderful vintage themed challenge! I love playing along and also seeing everyone else's lovely creations!
Take time to play...It's SOUL FOOD!